Radford stifles LIU-Brooklyn in First Four

Radford stifles LIU-Brooklyn in First Four

Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each scored 13 points to lift Radford to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, 71-61 over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four on March 13, 2018.

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Radford didn't play its prettiest game, but the team from rural southwest Virginia will celebrate briefly before heading to Pittsburgh to play No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday.

How they falter: Considering LIU Brooklyn is quite possibly the worst team in the NCAA Tournament-it is No. 258 in Ken Pomeroy's efficiency ratings and No. 232 in RPI-it is almost impossible to imagine the Blackbirds doing anything but failing to make it out alive of their first game.

"Another chance to make history".

LIU is coming off a surprising run to the Northeast Conference title, upsetting Wagner on its home floor in the conference championship game to secure its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2013.

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Radford enjoying the ride on NCAA Tournament

Carlik Jones had a substantial and loud cheering section at University of Dayton Arena, a lot of folks traveling about an hour up Interstate 75 from his Cincinnati hometown to see him play for Radford in a First Four game.

Radford was up 30-28 at halftime after leading by as many as nine points in the first period.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - No. 16 seed LIU-Brooklyn (18-16) vs.

The Highlanders have two tournament appearances, the last in 2009.

Being a member of the Atlantic 10, the Bonnies are very familiar with playing at UD Arena, the latest on January 3, in a game Saint Bonaventure lost to the Dayton Flyers. When looking at how many favorites have been knocked out in the first round as a No. 2 seed, it's only a matter of time before a No. 16 seed pulls off the unthinkable by becoming the first team to finally earn a win.

Clark and Hernandez compose the most risky pair of scorers in the conference, and collectively averaged 47.0 points per game in LIU Brooklyn's run in its conference tournament.

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